Bishop Ian Ramsay


In Reception and KS1, we use the Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme to teach reading. KS1 pupils move to the Accelerated Reader scheme on an individual basis at the direction of their teacher. KS2 pupils are still able to access Reading Planet to progress through the scheme and then begin to use Accelerated Reader. 

Find out more details about both schemes here: 

Rising-Stars Reading Overview Reception to Y2 

Parent Guide to Accelerated Reader

Update: September 2020 We have adopted a blended approach using 'real' books and can also access and be allocated online books from the Reading Planet scheme due to COVID19 restrictions requiring items brought from home to be quarantined for 48hours. 


We have a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have taught all phonemes and graphemes as outlined in the Letters and Sounds Document and that the skills of blending and segmenting have been taught alongside this. This is to ensure all pupils are able to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using their phonic knowledge. The children are taught to understand that the graphemes on the page represent the sounds in spoken words and this will underpin their reading and spelling of all words. This also includes common words containing unusual GPCs. Above all we aim to establish a reading culture in school. Children will hear, share and discuss a wide range of high-quality books to develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary. Being able to confidently read gives children confidence to access arrange of books and text independently which, in turn, broadens their horizons and helps them to achieve our Christian vision to ‘shine as a light in the world’ (Philippians 2: 14-15).

September 2020 Update: Reception and KS1 are currently undertaking a trial in the first half of Autumn Term of 'Song of Sounds' which follows the Letters and Sounds document. 

Parent Guide to Song of Sounds

Please see below the image for our Phonics vision statement, our long term plan and our progression of skills document.







Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY.